Intention & Intervention

Intention & Intervention

Authorial strategies against exclusionary discourses



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Schreib (nicht) mit Gedichten die Geschichte, Berlin

In light of the current state of the German literary and cultural scene, a curating team consisting of Dima Albitar Kalaji, Maryam Aras, Asal Dardan, Maha El Hissy, Lena Gorelik, Eva von Redecker, Insa Wilke and me got together to organise a day of discussions and exchange to create room for solidarities in spite of possible dissonances at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. You can listen to this radio report on the public evening event with readings by Esther DischereitDima Albitar Kalaji, Svetlana LavochkinaAbdalrahman Alqalaq and Yasmeen Daher (moderated by Lena Gorelik and Maha El Hissy).

Disrupting Literature: Anti-Racist Strategies for Dutch and German Publishing, Amsterdam

On 31 January 2024, Ebissé Wakjira and Elisa Diallo shared their remarkable range of expertise and experience behind and in front of the scenes of Dutch and German literature at this panel discussion at the Goethe-Institut Amsterdam. It was a joy to co-curate this event together with Fabian Reichle and to host the public conversatoin.

Homelands, Nightmares, Good Immigrants: Essays in Dialogue, London

At this public panel discussion on 27 June 2023 Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Fatma Aydemir, Nikesh Shukla, Chimene Suleyman, Musa Okwonga and I talked about shared and diverging strategies – and the lasting impact – of their essay collections The Good Immigrant and Your Homeland Is Our Nightmare. Publisher Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo has written about our discussion at the Goethe-Institut London for New Books in German. (Photo: Paul Ros)

The State of European Literature: Workshop with Fatma Aydemir, Amsterdam

On 31 May 2023 Fatma Aydemir delivered the fourth State of European Literature Lecture in Amsterdam. Together with Jesse van Amelsvoort I held a pre-lecture workshop to bring cultural practitioners, researchers and students into conversation with the author.

Ruhr area premiere anders bleiben, Essen

The ‘Ruhrgebietspremiere’ of anders bleiben formed part of the International Weeks Against Racism 2023. Selma Wels, Marija Latković and me discussed our individual and collective processes, the expectations for (post)migrational authors to share personal experiences, and our different forms of personal writing with our host Fatima Khan at the Ruhrmuseum in Essen on 30 March 2023. (Photo: Christoph Sebastian)

Book release anders bleiben, Berlin

On 16 February 2023, Selma Wels, Asal Dardan, Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç and me read from our new book and discussed the decisions behind our letters with Fatma Aydemir who hosted the evening at Heimathafen Neukölln.

Das kritikable Queertett, Hamburg

Under Audio-visual Publications you can find a recording of Maha El Hissy, Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako and me discussing fictional depictions of political organising by Yara Rodrigues Fowler and Négar Djavadi (in German, subtitles and sign language interpretation available). The live event took place at Kampnagel Hamburg on 20 October 2022.

The above shows public events from my time on Intention & Intervention. You can find a full list of events that I have curated and/or that I have participated in here.